Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioural Neurobiology

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Address: Otfried-Müller-Straße 25
72076 Tübingen


Phone number: 07071 29-88923


Fax number: 07071 29-25016


E-mail address: anja.​otterbein@​uni-​tuebingen.​de


Developmental aspects of sleep, memory and emotion

Research Aims

Early human development is characterized by rapid and tremendous psychological and neurophysiological changes due to maturation and learning. Specifically, compared with adults, infants and children show a distinctly increased need for sleep. We hypothesize that this is partly related to the increased need to form memory. Against this backdrop we investigate how sleep and memory consolidation develop from infancy to childhood, as well as the interplay between sleep, learning, memory, and emotion processing during this period. Additionally, we investigate sleep and memory formation renatally, in the fetus, using fMEG.

Contact

Head of research group:

frontend.sr-only_#{element.contextual_1.children.icon}: Dr. Katharina Zinke


More about

Children sleep longer and deeper than adults - and certain sleep phases are more pronounced in them than in adults. At the same time, children have to learn and process so many new things every day. How sleep supports memory formation in children is still largely unclear.

Children Sleeplab

Laufende Projekte

Key publications

  • Huber R, Born J (2014) Sleep, synaptic connectivity, and hippocampal memory during early development. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18(3): 141-152.
  • Wilhelm, I., Rose, M., Imhof, K. I., Rasch, B., Büchel, C., & Born, J. (2013). The sleeping child outplays the adult's capacity to convert implicit into explicit knowledge. Nature Neuroscience, 16(4), 391-393.
  • Matuz, T., Govindan, R. B., Preissl, H., Siegel, E. R., Muenssinger, J., Murphy, P., ... & Eswaran, H. (2012). Habituation of visual evoked responses in neonates and fetuses: a MEG study.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 2(3), 303-316.
  • Wilhelm, I., Prehn-Kristensen, A., & Born, J. (2012). Sleep-dependent memory consolidation-What can be learnt from children? Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 36(7), 1718-1728.
  • Wilhelm, I., Diekelmann, S., & Born, J. (2008). Sleep in children improves memory performance on declarative but not procedural tasks. Learning & Memory, 15(5), 373-377.

Current projects

  • Early (Social) Learning and Sleep in Infants - Katharina Zinke, Tamara Matuz
  • Development of Sleep - Hannes Noack, Frederik Weber
  • Emotion Detection in Infants - Elaina Bolinger, Katharina Zinke, Tamara Matuz
  • Object-Place-Memory and Sleep in Toddlers - Hannes Noack, Kathrin Imhof
  • Spatial Orientation and Sleep in Toddlers - Hannes Noack
  • Episodic Memory and Sleep in School-Aged Children - Jingyi Wang, Katharina Zinke, Frederik Weber, Marion Inostroza
  • Sleep and Emotion in School-Aged Children - Elaine Bolinger, Katharina Zinke, Ines Wilhelm
  • Procedural Learning and Sleep in School-Aged Children - Katharina Zinke, Ines Wilhelm
  • Working Memory Training and Sleep - Katharina Zinke
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